Unique Articles by the late George Robotham
George Robotham was one of Australia’s most respected Health and Safety writers, it is an honour that he has chosen us to publish his work. George had been in OHS for most of his working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry he worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. He experienced his first workplace fatality when he was 21 years old and since then he has assisted his employers to cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events.
His qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Until recently, he was a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. He holds the Australian Defence Medal and is a J.P.(Qualified).
His interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and he has what he describes as “a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training”. We support his beliefs that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). Visit his website to find out more about this unique safety professional. www.ohschange.com.au
I guarantee, after downloading and reading these articles, that you will also want to challenge the way things have always been done.
Hierarchy of Controls versus Haddon’s 10 Countermeasures